(LONDON) Court Report: A man has been charged with the murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana appeared by video link on Wednesday and was remanded in custody until Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.01: A man charged with murdering Met Police Sgt Matiu Ratana has appeared in court from his hospital bed.

#AceDailyNews reports that Sgt Matiu Ratana shooting: Louis De Zoysa appears in court charged with murder he appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 30 June via video link: We have updated Matt’s partner and son on this significant development and he was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Court sketch of Louis De Zoysa
Louis De Zoysa confirmed his identity using a whiteboard in a hospital bed by video link

Louis De Zoysa, 23, is accused of shooting Sgt Ratana, 54, who was killed while working at Croydon Custody Centre, south London, last September.

He confirmed his identity using a whiteboard in a hospital bed by video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The defendant suffered a gunshot wound on 25 September 2020 and has since been under police guard in hospital. 

MPS HackneyMatiu Ratana moved to the UK in 1989 and joined the Met Police two years later

The Met Police said recent changes to Mr De Zoysa’s medical condition had led to the decision to charge him.

Mr De Zoysa, of Norbury, south-east London, was not asked to enter pleas to charges of murder, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition without a certificate.

Sgt Matt Ratana

Homicide detectives investigating the fatal shooting on 25 September 2020 of their colleague Sergeant Matt Ratana have today charged Louis de Zoysa, 23 (17.07.1997) of Park Road, Banstead, Surrey with his murder, as well as possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

Since the incident, de Zoysa has remained in hospital in a stable, non-life threatening condition, with the ‘PACE’ clock paused but under police guard. Police have been in close liaison with his medical team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) throughout. 

Recent changes to his condition and a charging decision by the CPS have resulted in de Zoysa being charged with murder and the other offences this afternoon (Tuesday, 29 June).

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.01: 2021:

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